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Lesson 21

The five discourses or sermons of Jesus are recorded mostly in the book of Mattew. The sermon on the mount may be the most recognizable, it was delivered to the crowds and the followers of Jesus. The other four were given in private, only to his followers, often explaining the stories or parables he had just told the crowds. The following scriptures support the belief that the crowds were not given the opportunity to accept Jesus as savior and have their sins forgiven. He only encouraged them to live a sin free life because the Kingdom of God was at hand. Was salvation the gospel of Jesus? Why did Jesus not preach salvation? When accepting Jesus is the only way to receive salvation, why didn’t he tell the crowds, or Gentiles about himself? 

Matthew 10:5-8 English Standard Version
5 These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6 but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay.

Matthew 13:34-36 Easy-to-Read Version
34 Jesus used stories to tell all these things to the people. He always used stories to teach them. 35 This was to make clear the full meaning of what the prophet said: “I will speak using stories; I will tell things that have been secrets since the world was made.” 36 Then Jesus left the people and went into the house. His followers came to him and said, “Explain to us the meaning of the story about the weeds in the field.

Matthew 18:1 King James Version
18 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

Matthew 24:1-3 International Children’s Bible
1 Jesus left the Temple and was walking away. But his followers came to show him the Temple’s buildings. 2 Jesus asked, “Do you see all these buildings? I tell you the truth. Every stone will be thrown down to the ground. Not one stone will be left on another.” 3 Later, Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives. His followers came to be alone with him. They said, “Tell us when these things will happen. And what will happen to show us that it is time for you to come again and for the world to end?”

Matthew 26:1-2 International Children’s Bible
1 After Jesus finished saying all these things, he told his followers, 2 “You know that the day after tomorrow is the day of the Passover Feast. On that day the Son of Man will be given to his enemies to be killed on a cross.”

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